I was doing a little hiking up in Hatcher's Pass last night. I was crossing a small rotten snowfield that was covering some boulders. About the time I was thinking "how bad would it suck if I fell through" the snow gave and I must have fallen in a nice hole. I went about waist deep and my right foot caught the side of a boulder while my left was dangling in the unseen void. Unfortunately my left trekking pole took the brunt of my 250 pounds feeling the effects of gravity and tacoed. I have not been pleased with the poles as they are twist lock and seem to have too much flex when I need them most. Especially when coming down steep slopes. I bought them from SAC so they were a good deal. I am glad I broke em now and not in September. So how about a recommendation for a light and strong pole?